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from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Monday’s re-signings of three players for Albany (AHL) more or less completed the restocking of the River Rats, but the Canes would still like to add one more center for organizational depth.
One name under consideration? Jeff O’Neill.
Yes, that Jeff O’Neill.
The Canes have talked to O’Neill and Jeff Taffe, Rutherford said, but both are holding out for one-way contracts.
From the Carolina Hurricanes:
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Chad LaRose to a one-year contract. The deal will pay LaRose $875,000 for the 2008-09 season.
“This should be the last signing to complete our team heading into this season,” said Rutherford. “We’re glad to come to an agreement and avoid arbitration with Chad.”
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on a one-year contract worth $1.2 million. Rutherford also announced that restricted free-agent forward Chad LaRose has elected to file for salary arbitration.
from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
So that points to Frank Kaberle and Niclas Wallin, both stalwarts of the 2006 Cup team. Kaberle was once the Canes’ offensive pivot point, but declining numbers and new arrivals have reduced his role and made him expendable.
With Pitkanen, Joe Corvo, Matt Cullen and Babchuk ahead of Kaberle in the power-play point depth chart, it’s tough to pay Kaberle $2.2 million. Whether the Canes will find any takers for a player who has had two injury-ridden seasons of declining performance is another matter.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
“Obviously, I’m very close to Erik,” Staal said. “I’ve been good friends with him since the moment I came into the league. He was one of those guys who was there my first year and he did anything to help out as a friend and roommate. Along the way we became very close.
“When you develop a friendship with someone, to see them get traded is tough. It was hard for me to hear but it’s part of the game, part of the business and you have to kind of move forward I guess.”
-Eric Staal on Erik Cole at the News & Observer
A day after being acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Erik Cole, restricted free agent Joni Pitkanen has signed a three-year contract.
The club announced on Wednesday, that the 24-year old defenceman signed a deal worth $12 million over the three seasons. The deal will pay Pitkanen $3.5 million in 2008-09, $4 million in 2009-10 and $4.5 million in 2010-11.
From the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Anton Babchuk on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Babchuk $1 million in 2008-09.
Update 1:26pm ET: From Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Ryan Bayda, Wade Brookbank and Tim Conboy have all re-signed, Bayda and Brookbank for one year each and Conboy for two.
Bayda and Brookbank will each make $475,000 next season. Conboy has a two-way deal next season ($475,000 and $100,000 in the AHL) and a one-way deal in 2009-10 at $500,000.
The Edmonton Oilers have traded defenceman Joni Pitkanen, a restricted free agent, to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Erik Cole. Details to follow.
Update 12:33pm ET: This TSN link provides more info
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
With 10 forwards fighting for spots on the top three lines and $44 million in salaries already on the payroll, the Canes are almost certainly going to have to trade a forward before they can go after the defenseman they desperately need.
“I don’t think we’ll be very active,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “Certainly there are some players there that we could consider, but I think in order to balance our team out to add the type of player we’d like to add on defense, it’d be more apt to be done through trade.”
more on the Canes…
from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Tuomo Ruutu (TOO-oh-moh ROO-too) on a one-year contract. Ruutu will be paid $2.25 million during the 2008-09 season.
“We are happy he’ll be back with our team and we hope that he can stay healthy and return to the 20-goal plateau that he reached during his rookie season,” said Rutherford.
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